So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.” -Genesis 22:14
I just finished reading Katie Davis Majors’ newest book, Daring to Hope. It’s a good read and I highly recommend it. A lot of these thoughts are the result of her faithfulness in sharing her story.
Katie poses the idea that learning to hope in God is all about learning to trust and declare with unwavering faith: the Lord will provide.
Take a look at Abraham’s story. God promised him a son in his old age, gave him a son, and then asked Abraham to sacrifice His son on Mount Moriah.
I know this all sounds so crazy. Why would God ask him to make such a tremendous sacrifice? That’s a story for another time. What I want you to see here is that Abraham’s faith was unwavering. He went, choosing to believe that God would provide a way out, that God would show up there in that moment before he laid a hand on his son. He chose to trust and declare that the LORD would provide.
And guess what? God did. He provided a ram for the sacrifice. He met Abraham right there in that moment. And because of Abraham’s faith in God, He was able to name the mountain where he experienced the deepest test of his faith: Jehovah Jireh, which means The Lord will provide.
The Lord’s been showing me that He is indeed the Provider. He meets us where we are. He meets us in our mess and makes a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. He meets us as we kneel before Him, desperate for an answer. He meets us as we listen to yet another story of defeat, yet another soul desperate for the Lord’s hand to reach down and touch them. He meets us in the silence, when we can’t hear His voice. He is still there. He meets us in the in-between seasons, while we wait and hope in Him. He meets us where we are and He provides.
Provision doesn’t always look the same to me as it does to Him, and that’s okay. Because ultimately, if He is who He says He is (which I fully believe He is!) He will provide and He will provide whatever is for my good and His glory.
He will provide. There is no question. But as we wait on Him, we must be faithful. Faithful in the waiting. Faithful with what He’s given us. Faithful with the tasks He’s given us. Faithful with the people He’s placed around us. Faithful in all things at all times. Faithful to worship. Faithful to pray. Faithful to hope that He will provide.
Being faithful is about so much more than those rare extraordinary moments. Because glorifying His name doesn’t always happen in extraordinary ways, it happens in the ordinary, in the mundane. It happens when we choose to be patient with those around us even when we’d rather not. It happens when we choose to have nothing to do with foolish arguments. It happens when we decide to lift our hands in prayer yet again, after years and years of praying for God to do what only He can do. It happens when we choose to love the unloveable. It happens when our lives are spent for Him.
Being faithful may look different depending on where you are, but it’s essentially the same no matter where you are. If you’re leading thousands of people in worship to the Lord or if you’re simply leading one, it doesn’t matter. If you’re in the spotlight or behind the scenes, it’s all the same. All that matters is that you’re faithful wherever He places you. Faithful as you engage with your friends. Faithful as you love those around you. Faithful as you seek Him.
Katie poured out her heart on the pages of her book. And as I read how the Lord has been working in her life, I was in awe of the similarities between my story and hers.
Regardless of the differences in our settings, we have the same God who calls us to be faithful. I haven’t witnessed the darkness like she has, but I have come to know the same God she knows. The same Spirit that is at work in her is at work in me.
I’m a student at college. She’s a mother to 13 adopted girls. Yet when God calls us to be faithful, it’s essentially the same thing. I’ve been given the task to be faithful on my college campus, in my community, and at home with my family, and she’s been given the task to be faithful where she is.
God beckons us all to be faithful. And friends,- life is so much sweeter when we choose to be faithful in today, whatever today looks like. We just have to come before Him and say: God, show me how to be faithful to You here.
And as we seek Him, as we live life joyfully all for His glory, as we choose to be faithful in today, He will meet us where we are and He will provide.
Faithfulness may look like building relationships in the muddy streets of Uganda. And it may look like loving and speaking Truth over the people on your college campus. Faithfulness takes many different forms, but when we choose to be faithful, He will meet us there. He will provide.
So may we learn to name the dark places in our lives, Jehovah Jireh.
May we name the unknown paths that stretch out before us, Jehovah Jireh.
May we name our relationships, marriages, friendships, and families, Jehovah Jireh.
May we be faithful in today and boldly declare, regardless of the circumstances, Jehovah Jireh.
The Lord will provide.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.” -Jeremiah 17:7-8